Stage six of the 2017 Critérium du Dauphiné was the first mountainous stage of the race as it heads to a close.
The day’s stage was expected to distort the overall rankings with a beastly climb of Le Mont du Chat right before the end as the peloton rode 147.5km from Parc des Oiseaux to La Motte-Servolex.
Le Mont du Chat, otherwise known as ‘cat tooth’, has an average gradient of over 7% maxing out at around 15%, making it a great place for the GC contenders to battle it out.
The sweltering heat and severe climbing would add to what would otherwise been a tough race.
Going into the day, stage one victor Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) clung onto his yellow jersey once more, holding a slender 27 second lead over Australian Richie Porte (BMC Racing Team) after he took the stage 4 individual time trial.
Catch up with the highlights above, and also read our report of the day’s action.
The Dauphiné continues tomorrow with the penultimate 168km stage from Aoste to the legendary Alpe d’Huez.